03 Nov Cathedral of Leiria
Cathedral of Leiria
“Built in 1559, the Cathedral is a beautiful sober Mannerist building, as well as one of Portugal’s finest example of hall churches, along with the Monastery of Alcobaça, in Lisbon.
Legend has it that there was a bell tower in the Cathedral of Leiria. However the inhabitants who lived on the other side of the city couldn’t hear the bells tolling for prayer.
This is why in 1770 the Bishop D. Miguel Bulhões e Sousa ordered the construction of another bell tower on the slope of the castle, that is to say, detached from the Cathedral.
Locals say that “Leiria has a tower which isn’t a Cathedral and a Cathedral that doesn’t have a tower.”
It’s actually the only Cathedral in Portugal that doesn’t have an integrated bell tower.